The Supreme Court on Thursday granted bail to Bajrang Dal terrorist, Babu Bajrangi who was convicted in the 2002 massacre in the Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad, in which 97 Muslims were killed in broad daylight.
Bajrangi had been serving a life sentence in the case, which occurred during the 2002 anti-Muslim genocide in Gujarat.
His bail comes weeks after the Gujarat government informed the Supreme Court, in reply to a bail plea that Bajrangi had filed last year, that he was “in bad shape”. The state told the court that Bajrangi has allegedly suffered complete vision loss, besides various other ailments.
On January 23, the Supreme Court had granted bail to four other convicts in the Naroda Patiya massacre case – Umeshbhai Surabhai Bharwad, Rajkumar, Padmendrasinh Jaswantsinh Rajput and Harshad alias Mungda Jila Govind Chhara Parmar.
On April 20, 2018, the Gujarat High Court had also acquitted 17 others, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, who was one of the prime accused in the Naroda Patiya massacre.
Bajrangi, the then state convenor of Bajrang Dal had led a mob of Hindutva terrorists, who burnt alive local Muslims and raped women in the Naroda Patiya.
Bajrangi himself had hit a pregnant Muslim woman, Kausar Banu, with a sword, and boasted later in a sting operation that he had taken out her fetus on the tip of his weapon, and then burnt her body. Although the court dismissed Bajrangi’s own admission of removing her fetus, it found him guilty of the cold-blooded murder of Kausar Banu.
His bail by the Supreme Court today received sharp criticism from people, who believe it is unjust to let loose a convicted terrorist, who massacred Muslims in one of the worst riots in India.